Importance of Play to Politics

Reading Huizinga’s Homo Ludens and struck by discussion of how fundamental play is to the formation of culture and thus human civilization, as well as its relationship to politics and political life. Per Huizinga, “Now in myth and ritual the great instinctive forces of civilized life have their origin… All are rooted in the primaeval…

Frasier and the New Man

For the fifty-eighth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard are joined by friend of the podcast Kadee Whaley to discuss the classic 1990s sitcom, Frasier. In this episode, they discuss the different representations of masculinity contained seen in the series, from the New Man of the ’90s to the American…

Don’t Panic! It’s Douglas Adams!

For the fifty-seventh episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard are joined by former guest, friend of the podcast, and Patreon supporter, Shane Tilton to discuss the cosmic influence of British writer Douglas Adams In this episode, they discuss Adams’ comedic background and his legacy on science fiction and fantasy…

Over 9000 with Dragon Ball Z

For the fifty-sixth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard are joined by friend of the podcast, and Patreon supporter, Dave Stanley to discuss the classic anime series, Dragon Ball Z. The trio discuss the role┬áDragon Ball Z┬áhad in helping Japanese anime and manga become more mainstream in the United States,…

Episode 59: Barbie

In a first, the fifty-ninth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast finds friend of the podcast Noelle Lynn Blood joining Christopher Olson and I to discuss the legacy of the famous fashion doll, Barbie. The episode comes out of Noelle’s interest, as a scholar and a fan, in the Mattel creation. The discussion focuses…

Overview of Media Theories

This list was created in 2008 to help both my research and some writings I did with Brenda Dervin. If you find this useful, I also suggest checking out other work I did from that time period on conceptualizing audiences. 1) THEORY NAME: Diffusion of innovation TENETS: Distribution of innovative media products into society and…

Why Is Sense-Making Methodology Methodological?

This is from a class paper I wrote for Brenda Dervin in 2006 at Ohio State University.           The most efficient and useful way I can conceive of answering this question is by exploring it in relation to my phenomenon of interest, fandom.  Fandom has been studied using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, as a…

Transjective Media Studies and Reciprocal Determinism

Yep, that’s right — I’m being one of those academics. Engaging in neologisms to make a name for myself. But what I am working through here is an idea for a book project, and I’d love peoples’ comments to help me to do so. Redefining Media Studies A medium is a technology for the storage,…

Redefining Social Media into Social Communication

What Is Social Media? Social media is about platforms, channels, networks, wireframes. It’s about the people and corporations who create and maintain these spaces that become social places. Thus, to know social media, one must know the businesses and their capitalist impetousness toward profit. Social media is multimodal. It combines writing, drawing, speaking, photographing, filming,…

Meet the PWSJ and PCSJ

The Professional Wrestling Studies Association announces the first issue of the Professional Wrestling Studies Journal from editor Matt Foy. This online, open access journal can be reached at https://www.prowrestlingstudies.org/professional-wrestling-studies-journal. The first issue contains scholarly essays and reviews from different disciplines, all considering various aspects of professional wrestling. Issues include how professional wrestling relates to the…